Keep these ABCs in mind be­fore en­ter­ing re­tire­ment

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I have to re­tire at the end of this year, and to be hon­est I’m dread­ing it. I can’t imag­ine not work­ing, and not see­ing the peo­ple I work with every day. I’m afraid I’ll just wither away. Do you have any ad­vice for me?

Re­tire­ment is one of life’s great­est tran­si­tions, and one rea­son I wanted to re­print your ques­tion is to en­cour­age oth­ers who are near­ing re­tire­ment (even if it’s sev­eral years away) to think more care­fully about it.

Fi­nan­cial plan­ning for re­tire­ment isn’t enough; we also need what we might call “life plan­ning” — plan­ning how we’ll spend the years God gives us be­yond re­tire­ment. For some, re­tire­ment may be as much as a third of their lives. How will they avoid be­ing bored, or feel­ing use­less, or end­ing up with se­ri­ous health is­sues (or even death) through worry or de­pres­sion?

What can you do? Let me briefly sug­gest three things (you can think of them as three words, be­gin­ning with A, B, and C). First, Ac­cept — ac­cept the fact that you are re­tired. Don’t spend all your time wish­ing the past would re­turn; it won’t. Ac­cept in­stead that your life has en­tered a new stage, and ahead of you are new ad­ven­tures.

Sec­ond, Be­lieve — be­lieve that God loves you, and that he is with you and wants to guide you in the fu­ture. Thank him for this great truth, and trust him to be with you in the months and years ahead. God isn’t fin­ished with you!

Fi­nally, Com­mit — com­mit your life to Je­sus Christ, and then ask him to guide you and use you.

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